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January 8, 2021 | An APTA Publication
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2021: A Look Ahead
 
In light of a new Administration in the U.S., COVID-19 vaccinations and the need for additional federal emergency funding for public transportation, Passenger Transport invited a cross-section of industry executives to discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in 2021 and how they plan to meet them.
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Commuter Rail Industry Achieves PTC Certification
 
Every required commuter railroad is now Positive Train Control (PTC) certified by FRA and has met the Dec. 31, 2020 implementation deadline set by Congress, according to APTA. PTC is a complex signaling and communications technology that provides critical safety redundancies to already safe commuter rail services.
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COMMENTARY
 
2021 Is the Start of Transit’s New and Different Future
 
Nuria_NEW_headshot_x150_1717156.jpgThe start of every new calendar year brings predictions about the challenges and opportunities ahead. This year, however, our ability to turn trends into triumphs will build on what we learned and what we accomplished in 2020.
 
2021’s prognostications carry with them intrinsic optimism. January brings the inauguration of a new president, the swearing-in of a new Congress, and the broad national roll-out of coronavirus vaccines—all of which have crucial implications for public transportation.
 
BY PAUL P. SKOUTELAS
President and CEO
APTA
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Moynihan Train Hall in New York City Opens
 
The Moynihan Train Hall, a 255,000-square-foot facility in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, is now open, transforming the more than 100-year-old James A. Farley Building into a hub that increases the Penn Station rail complex’s concourse space by 50 percent. The hall is named for former U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
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USDOT Secretary Chao Announces Resignation
 
USDOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao has announced her resignation, effective Jan. 11, in response to the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, an event she described as “traumatic and entirely avoidable.” She said, “It has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.” Chao has served as secretary since Jan. 2017. On Dec. 15, APTA congratulated Mayor Pete Buttigieg on his nomination as secretary of transportation and pledged to work with him.
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APTA Welcomes New Members of Biden’s Team

APTA recently sent letters to newly appointed members of President-elect Joseph Biden’s team, congratulating them and offering assistance in the months ahead on critical issues facing millions of Americans.
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Bombardier to Supply 205 Rail Cars for TransLink’s SkyTrain

Bombardier Transportation has signed a contract with TransLink to supply 205 new rail cars for the agency’s SkyTrain network in Vancouver. The contract is valued at $721 million CAD (565 million US) and includes options for up to 400 additional rail cars.
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FTA Publishes New Reports on Bus Crash Energy Management
 
FTA and the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida are researching areas of public transit safety risk to identify existing standards and recommended practices and to establish the need for additional such standards and guidance.
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APTA Appoints Doyle Interim Vice President, Communications & Marketing
 
APTA has appointed T.J. Doyle as interim vice president, communications & marketing department. He succeeds Rosemary Sheridan, who held the position for nearly 23 years and who recently retired.
 
Doyle joined APTA in July 2019 as director of advocacy communications, following 20 years in association communications and marketing.
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Classifieds
See the latest industry employment opportunities, proposals and notices.
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Meet the Ridership Trends Dashboard; Join Jan. 12 Webinar
 
APTA and the Transit app have partnered to create an industry-wide tool that supercharges ridership reporting, the APTA Ridership Trends dashboard, available at www.transitapp.com/apta. Millions of riders use Transit to track buses and trains. Now, public transit agencies can harness the collective wisdom of those riders to receive up-to-date information of their own.
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New CEOs Named
Pimentel, California Transit Association
 
The California Transit Association (CTA), Sacramento, has named Michael Pimentel as executive director, following the resignation of Joshua W. Shaw. Shaw, who has served as executive director since 1999, will continue to support the association as senior counselor for policy & education.
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Schoeffel, SMTD
 
The Sangamon Mass Transit District (SMTD), Springfield, IL, Board of Trustees has named Deputy Managing Director Steve Schoeffel as managing director. Schoeffel takes over following the retirement of Frank Squires, who has managed the agency since 2012.
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“Deep Connections” Exhibit Offers a Peek Into LA Subway Construction
 
BY ALLISON PORTERFIELD
Senior Art Program Specialist
LA Metro
 
LA Metro Arts & Design’s new exhibition and catalog of photographs by Ken Karagozian provides a glimpse into the otherworldly environment of Los Angeles subway construction over the last three decades. Titled “Deep Connections,” twelve immense, black and white photographs are featured in the historic Union Station Passageway Gallery lightboxes until the summer of 2021.
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